posted on Oct, 9 2008 @ 12:08 PM
I used to have 'yard-birds'.
If you want them to lay eggs, you have to feed them 'layena' or something that gives them the calcium and other stuff to keep laying during the
yard-birds make their own nests and it's up to you to find them. Once you do, try to always keep ONE egg in the next, it helps them keep laying. But,
you have to MARK it well, so, you don't accidentally use a rotten egg, later.
They eat leftovers, too.
WE used to have roundheads, domineckers(sp), aracuanas (that lay colored eggs), a shamu(BIG chicken) and even quail and one pheasant.
You can use quail eggs just like chickens.
I LOVED my little chickens, till a panther ate them.
It would be safer if they ARE housed, but you have to keep weasels, possums and foxes from digging through.
Also, chickens need clean sand for a bath.
When we had ours in a pen, I would use a shovel to give them a sandpile for them to take a bath in.
And they also like a good 'perch'. I used to whittle tree branches and anchor them with garbage ties to the chicken wire up high, so they could
perch and sleep up there.
[edit on 9-10-2008 by Clearskies]